Waste probe launched into EU presidency spending: report

An investigation into Czech government spending linked to its six month presidency of the European Union at the start of 2009 has been launched by Finance Ministry inspectors according to the business daily Hospodářske noviny. The inspectors will check for waste from the more than 1.0 billion crown bill for the six month Czech stint at the head of the EU. The period under scrutiny runs from 2007 until 2009, when current government minister Alexandr Vondra was in the cabinet as European Affairs minister. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek has denied the probe is connected to a highly publicised rift between himself and Mr. Vondra, who now heads the Ministry of Defence.

Author: Chris Johnstone